M R MadhavanMadhavan co-founded PRS and is currently its President.
Prior to starting PRS, Madhavan was based in Singapore covering currency and interest rate markets as Principal and Senior Strategist for the Asia region for Bank of America. He started his career with ICICI Securities in Mumbai in the equity research group and later headed interest rates research. He is a Fellow (doctorate) from IIM Calcutta, MBA from IIM Calcutta and holds a B. Tech degree from IIT Madras. In 2010, Madhavan was selected as a Chevening Gurukul Scholar at the London School of Economics.
Alok RawatAlok leads Thematic Research in Economic Sectors.
Prior to joining PRS, Alok worked as an equity analyst covering metals & mining, automotive and retail sectors at BNP Paribas, CLSA and JPMorgan. He holds a Bachelors degree in Information Technology from University of Delhi and an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Anil NairAnil leads the States Initiative at PRS. He drives MLA engagement through research support and leadership workshops for MLAs. Anil also created the Legislators Knowledge Network, a forum for MLAs across India to interact and exchange policy ideas.
Anil has a mix of business and non profit experience with stints in vocational education, consumer goods, financial services and software development. He was earlier part of an AIDS awareness programme at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He holds a degree in civil engineering from VJTI, Mumbai and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.
Apoorva ShankarApoorva is an Analyst, and tracks the Education sector.
Prior to joining PRS, she did media-related internships at Star News, The Sunday Times in London, Vinod Chopra Films Pvt. Ltd., and also worked as a marketing intern for the DTH company Tata Sky Ltd. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Hons.) from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and a Masters of Science in Urban Economic Development from University College London.
Chakshu RoyChakshu heads the outreach team and leads the legislator and citizen engagement initiatives. He has been involved in setting up the state laws project, training civil society and journalist groups about tracking Parliament.
Before joining PRS, Chakshu worked as a lawyer who specialised in real estate law and commercial contracts. He has earlier worked in corporate law with the Chamber of Law, New Delhi. He was selected as an INK Fellow in 2010. He holds Bachelors degrees in Commerce and Law from Delhi University.
Hemlata BishtHema is Administrative Assistant to the PRS team. She is responsible for content updation on the Laws of India and PRS websites, state laws data compilation and assisting the PRS team in administrative functions.
She has worked with BSA Logistics Company in the customer care division and Solution-Digitas as a Quality Analyst. Hema holds Bachelors degrees in Arts from Delhi University and a Diploma in Office Management from the YMCA, New Delhi.
Jhalak KakkarJhalak is an Analyst and her areas of work are environment, mining, tribal affairs and strategic affairs. Some of the research she has worked on include a Legislative Brief on the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill and an analysis of the government’s rule making powers.
Prior to joining PRS, her internships include the Government Affairs and Policy Team at Amarchand Mangaldas and the corporate teams of Allen & Overy LLP and Trilegal. At NUJS, she was the Editor of the Journal of Indian Law and Society. She presented a paper at the 13th International Symposium on Victimology in Japan, which was subsequently published. She holds a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from the WB National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata.
Joyita GhoseJoyita is an Analyst, and tracks the rural development and urban development sectors.
Prior to working with PRS she worked as a Research Associate with the Institute for Human Development and Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi. She interned with PRS in 2007 as a Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament. She has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Area Studies (Contemporary India) from Oxford University.
Kamal BahadurKamal works as an Office Assistant. He has worked as an office assistant with Federal Bank of India and Marpol Private Ltd.
Kusum MalikKusum is a research associate who focuses on tracking the work done by legislators and legislatures. She is in charge of content management of PRS websites. In addition, she oversees the translation of PRS research products.
She has earlier worked with the Centre for Policy Research supporting the work of different research teams. Kusum holds Bachelors degrees in Commerce from Delhi University and Diploma in Financial Management and Accountability from FMSF- Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Mandira KalaMandira is Head of Research. She led PRS' engagement with MPs, to provide them legislative and policy support. Her core role involved engaging with MPs regularly to understand their research needs, briefing them on upcoming issues and designing initiatives that add value to the work of MPs. Mandira also anchored the LAMP Fellowship during its initial years.
Previously, she has worked in the research team of Azim Premji Foundation, Bangalore and Centre for Social Policy, Boston, USA. She was awarded the UNDP Asia- Pacific Human Development Academic Fellowship in 2008. Mandira was selected as an Emerging Leaders Fellow 2011-12 by the Australia India Institute at the University of Melbourne. She has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Prianka is a Senior Analyst tracking the sectors of Law and Justice, Security and Strategic Affairs.Prior to joining PRS, she has worked with Ashoka Innovators for the Public on their Law for All and Fellow Security Programs, and with the Lawyers’ Collective on policy and strategic litigation matters. While at law school, she has interned with several human rights organizations, law firms and at the Supreme Court of India. Prianka holds a B.A. LLB (Hons.) from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.
Rahul is a part of the MLA outreach team.
He has 5 years of corporate experience at organizations like Larsen & Toubro and Cognizant where he worked in the manufacturing and consulting sectors. Rahul has worked on New Product Development, Lifecycle management and has also handled client facing assignments in his previous organizations. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University and an MBA from IIM-Lucknow.
Jayakumar leads the Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship program.
Prior to this, he was a Marketing Manager with a U.S based Auto component manufacturer. Before his MBA, he worked in the Information Technology industry. He holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from PSG college of Technology, Coimbatore and an MBA from IIM Bangalore.
S V PrasadPrasad is Head of Accounts and Administration.
He has over 25 years of work experience in Finance, Accounts, Audit, Administration and Sales & Marketing. Prasad holds Bachelors degrees in Commerce and Law from Delhi University.
Sakshi BalaniSakshi is an Analyst. She has been developing expertise in the sectors of agriculture and water resources. Some of her salient research products include a brief on the National Food Security Bill, an analysis of the Public Distribution System and an overview of the parliamentary oversight of regulators in India.
Sakshi worked on U.S. domestic policy as a research assistant to the North American Representative to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. Prior to that, she interned at the Human Rights Watch in New York City. She holds a Bachelors degree. in Sociology from Colby College, U.S.
Saumya VaishnavaSaumya is an Analyst and tracks the economy, taxation, centre and state budgets.
She has a Masters degree in Economics from Sciences Po, Paris, and Bachelors in Arts from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Prior to joining PRS, she had interned with Spandan Samaj Sewa Samiti in Madhya Pradesh on NREGA and ICDS. She also interned with Sigma Research and Consulting, New Delhi as a field agent.
Shreya SinghShreya is a Program Officer working on media and citizen engagement.
Prior to joining PRS, she was Subeditor, iGovernment, which is a web portal for knowledge sharing amongst different stakeholders involved in the integrated approach towards good governance. She has also written political and economic updates on India for the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global business consulting and strategy firm. She previously interned with Zed Books, a London publishing house that focuses on politics and international development issues. She holds a Bachelors degree in International Relations from Carleton College, USA.
Sujeet KumarSujeet works as Accounts Assistant.
He has 2 years of work experience in the field of accounts and administration. He holds Bachelors degrees in Commerce from Delhi University and Diploma in Accounting Software, Tally9.3.